diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)
2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ -​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\ -​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \ -​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce diagrammable (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatic \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce diagrammatic (audio) \ or less commonly diagrammatical \ -​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce diagrammatical (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatically \ -​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diagrammatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

figure, graphic, illustration, plate, visual

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun

a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates.

Verb

The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The authors have written an amazing guide filled with botanical information and exacting illustrations and diagrams. Homes & Gardens Of The Northwest Staff, OregonLive.com, "Garden book review: 'Plant Families' facts for gardeners, botanists, horticulturists," 18 Mar. 2018 Abloh wrote on Instagram, adding that a world diagram on the guests’ seats at the show would give the model’s birthplace as well as the birthplace of their parents. Kristin Larson, chicagotribune.com, "Chicagoan Virgil Abloh debuts first Louis Vuitton collection with support from Kanye, Kim Kardashian," 22 June 2018 Science The Connectome is a comprehensive diagram of all the neural connections existing in the brain. Monique Brouillette, WIRED, "New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience," 8 Apr. 2018 Along with his statistical tables, Bronn also presented innovative visualizations of his data in the form of what are now called spindle diagrams. David Sepkoski, The Atlantic, "19th-Century Paleontology Was at the Forefront of Big Data," 14 Feb. 2018 This new shoe is no exception: Sachs made a handy diagram that identifies each part of the periwinkle sneaker, from its sticky rubber outsole to its nylon webbing. Rachel Hahn, Vogue, "See How Frank Ocean Put His Own Spin on an Unconventional Pair of Sneakers," 20 Dec. 2018 Rather than sit through PowerPoint presentations, executives meet surrounded by walls packed with charts, diagrams and other materials outlining the strategy for various models and business units. Christina Rogers, WSJ, "Ford’s New CEO Has a Cerebral Style—and to Many, It’s Baffling," 14 Aug. 2018 One of Wyman’s longest-lasting designs is the mapping system, system diagram and neighborhood maps for the Washington Metro. Washington Post Staff, Washington Post, "Behind the scenes with influential graphic artists from 50 years ago," 30 May 2018 Staffers who have left: Sources: whitehouse.gov (diagram); WSJ reporting (departures) Graphic by Brian McGill Mr. Ayers’s withdrawal touched off a scramble to fill one of the most powerful jobs in government. Peter Nicholas, WSJ, "White House Digs In for Chief of Staff Hunt," 10 Dec. 2018

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Instead, Banks and Donnelly pour over the strange circular glyphs that form the alien's written language and practically diagram sentences on screen. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "'Arrival' Is a Mind-Blowing Movie About One Long Conversation," 11 Nov. 2016 The English part of me wants to start diagramming all of those sentences. Fox News, "Lessons from Tuesday's election results," 9 Aug. 2018 This is where Roberson started diagramming those rotations on the table. SI.com, "Breakaway: How Does an NBA Team Replace the Irreplaceable?," 7 Feb. 2018 Starting in November 2016, the yacht went on a whirlwind voyage, all of it on paper, in a feat of asset protection and financial engineering so elaborate that the judge diagramed it in an April ruling. David Segal, New York Times, "A Russian Oligarch’s $500 Million Yacht Is in the Middle of Britain’s Costliest Divorce," 6 June 2018 Johnson also spent plenty of time in the classroom, learning to better identify and diagram defenses on command. Tom Green, AL.com, "Take a behind-the-scenes look at former Auburn running back Kerryon Johnson's pre-NFL Draft training," 25 Apr. 2018 The bookshelves are stuffed mostly with biographies, plus a coffee table tome diagramming Tour de France routes. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "The Legend of Z: Zdeno Chara Remains Obsessed in His Pursuit of Outsized Excellence," 3 Apr. 2018 Scientists had diagrammed the somewhat smooth distributions of other tetrapods—vertebrates descended from the earliest four-limbed creatures. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Reptiles Are Concentrated in Specific Locations, Often Unprotected," 1 Apr. 2018 Some standard information, starting lineups, basic statistics and weather information bleed into a distribution chart that requires the scout to diagram each formation the team used, starting with the most preferential. Conor Orr, SI.com, "I Scouted the Patriots Using Steve Belichick’s Scouting Manual. Here’s What I Learned," 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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The first known use of diagram was in 1619

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diagram

noun

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\ -​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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